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** July 2021 ** I have reached full capacity and have no availability for new clients ** I hold a waiting list if you still wish to get in touch **
I give consultations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Occasionally, I offer sessions on Saturdays.
My evening appointments are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
About me and my therapy practice
I am an experienced counsellor and Emotion-Focused therapist, working in my quiet private consultancy room in Edinburgh West End.
If you find you are trying to protect yourself from difficult experiences/memories and your old ways of resolving your problems no longer seem to work, you are not alone. Original response methods can be unhelpful in the present life experience. For example, one may try to only feel what they learned to believe is acceptable/safe or expected of them, eventually losing touch with their most authentic needs. Emotion suppression often leads to depression, anxiety, physical pain, and illness, then one feels unable to fully appreciate the present experience. When suppressed, emotions such as shame, sadness, fear, await within the body for opportunities to be expressed/released. These can be suddenly trigged after an unexpected/uncontainable experience.
All emotions are necessary signals for what we need to feel OK. However, we learn to block feelings by experiencing one emotion instead of a more clarifying emotion, without noticing. The EFT process I offer helps you uncover these subconscious dynamics from present time or from longer ago. Growing clarity about what you feel guides you towards an increased sense of personal empowerment with safer self-expression. At this stage, wellbeing is increased from within.
While humans live many similar life events and experiences, the way it is felt is unique to the individual. Family and friends often try to help by giving advice. As a professional therapist, I work with your personal experience without advising you. I help you by guiding you towards your self-empowerment.
Challenges that clients have shared with me have included issues with relationships, health, sex, gender, culture identity challenges/different forms of oppression, work stress, depression, anxiety, self-criticism, major life transitions or loss (complicated grief, job changes, parenthood).
I offer a blended approach of delivering therapy - I can see you both in person and online. When online, I prepare a zoom link for our therapy session, which I send you free of charge. I 'lock' the online room for extra safety.
You can chose coming in person or online, as it suits your needs and particular circumstances. My consulting room is spacious enough to have 2m distance between chairs. I also follow Covid-19 guidelines to preserve both of our safety.
I am based at 28 Rutland Square (on the first floor), in the heart of Edinburgh, less than one minute on foot from the West End of Princes Street. There is a waiting area on the ground floor.
Rutland Square is very easily accessible via bus, tram or train (both Waverley Station and Haymarket Station).
My first session
The search for professional help can emerge when someone realises how old strategies to manage difficult experiences no longer work. The processing work I offer aims to facilitate your personal search for coherence and resolution, beginning with preparation of safe therapeutic conditions, with no judgement or assumptions, noticing how you feel your own experience, in professional confidence.
I am aware that searching for a therapist can be an unfamiliar experience. And choosing a new therapist can also feel uneasy. Your first contact with me can be via email or phone call. You can request a free 20-minute call either by phone or on zoom. If this is by Zoom, I will send you a link beforehand by email.
On the first session, I would invite you to share what brings you to see me. If this is your first experience of talking with a therapist, I can help you in this initial contact. I then review what I am understanding you are experiencing and what you are wishing us to work on. The nature of this dialogue naturally offers us a good sense of what it might feel like for us to work together. I often share some details of how I work therapeutically and how I facilitate the processing of your individual experience.
In the last part of this initial session, we can notice how our first contact felt to us both, and discuss whether you would like to begin therapy with me. If this initial session feels right to you, we talk about how we might go forward.
Your growing consciousness and related wellbeing is the focus of my work.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Identity issues, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Emotion focused therapy, Humanistic, Person centred, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited